Amid the nationwide lockdown due to coronavirus, the government has strictly ordered to maintain social distancing leading to the shutting down of various many shops, hotels, restaurants and hypermarkets malls in the country. People are worried about whether or no they will be able to purchase the essential goods to survive the 21 days long lockdown staying indoors.
Answering the queries of the people, the Ministry of Home Affairs in their guidelines has mentioned that the delivery of all essential goods including food, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment through e-commerce will be exempted from the effects of the lockdown.
With a 21-day lockdown being imposed, here's what the official notification has to say about grocery stores and deliveries:
And in terms of physical shops, it states, "Shops, including ration shops (under PDS), dealing with food, groceries, fruits and vegetables, dairy and milk booths, meat and fish, animal fodder. However, district authorities may encourage and facilitate home delivery to minimize movement of individuals outside their homes."
In his address to the nation on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day lockdown in the entire country effective from midnight of March 25 to deal with the spread of coronavirus, saying that "social distancing" is the only option to deal with the disease, which spreads rapidly.
PM Modi also appealed to the people that there was no need to panic and also assured that all the essential commodities would be available and also advised people to not hoard essential items.
My fellow citizens,— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 24, 2020
THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO NEED TO PANIC.
Essential commodities, medicines etc. would be available. Centre and various state governments will work in close coordination to ensure this.
Together, we will fight COVID-19 and create a healthier India.
By converging around shops, you are risking the spread of COVID-19.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 24, 2020
No panic buying please.
Please stay indoors.
I repeat- Centre and State Governments will ensure all essentials are available. https://t.co/bX00az1h7l
On Tuesday, the Ministry of Home Affairs issued guidelines with a list of essential services that will remain open amid the 21-day lockdown.